The Promise and Threat of Nuclear Energy

"Rock-star physicist" Brian Cox

Apr. 2008. Brian Cox talks about his work on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Discussing the biggest of big science in an engaging, accessible way, Cox brings us along on a tour of the massive project. [site] 14.56 min

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Alpha Decay - This video is a brief description Alpha decay. Alpha decay is a type of radioactive decay in which an atomic nucleus emits an alpha particle, and thereby transforms (or 'decays') into an atom with a mass number 4 less and atomic number 2 less. site annotation for Alpha Decay

http://teachnuclear.ca/all-things-nuclear/radiation/radioactive-decay/alpha_decay/


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Beta Decay - In nuclear physics, beta decay is a type of radioactive decay in which a beta particle (an electron or a positron) is emitted. This short animation illustrates the process. site annotation for Beta Decay

http://www.cna.ca/curriculum/cna_radiation/flash/Radiation_06_Beta_Decay_eng/Radiation_06_Beta_Decay
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Gamma Rays - Gamma rays are a highly penetrating ionizing electromagnetic radiation in the form of photons (light). This page has descriptions, diagrams and a video illustrating how gamma rays penetrate through materials. site annotation for Gamma Rays

http://teachnuclear.ca/all-things-nuclear/radiation/types-of-radiation/ionizing-radiation/gamma_rays
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CBC Archives: Cold War Culture: The Nuclear Fear of the 1950s and 1960s - "The development of intercontinental ballistic missiles in the 1950's brings the threat of war closer than ever to the North American home front. This CBC Television report examines the power of nuclear weapons and one couple's view on the prospect of capitulating to the "godless Russians." [site] site annotation for CBC Archives: Cold War Culture: The Nuclear Fear of the 1950s and 1960s

http://www.cbc.ca/archives/categories/war-conflict/cold-war/cold-war-culture-the-nuclear-fear-of-the
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Educapoles.org: The Different Types of Energy: Fossil, Atomic and Renewable - "The various sources of energy fall into three different categories: Fossil energies, which are produced from the combustion of natural reserves formed from organic deposits (plants or microscopic animal matter)over several millions of years. Nuclear or atomic energy, produced from the energy that binds... site annotation for Educapoles.org: The Different Types of Energy: Fossil, Atomic and Renewable

http://www.educapoles.org/assets/swf/animations_loader.swf?path=/assets/uploads/flashanims_files/ene
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Educapoles.org: Nuclear energy: when atoms explode - "Nuclear energy, which is also called atomic energy, is the form of energy that binds together the constituents of the nucleus of an atom. This energy can be released, mainly in the form of heat, with the disintegration of unstable nuclei (Uranium 235 or Plutonium 239, for example).Uranium is a radioactive... site annotation for Educapoles.org: Nuclear energy: when atoms explode

http://www.educapoles.org/assets/swf/animations_loader.swf?path=/assets/uploads/flashanims_files/ene
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The Peace Doves - There are plenty of weapons left in the world since the 1992 treaty committing nuclear states to disarmament. The peace doves have come from outer space to assist you in your mission - to disarm the 8 states that still have nuclear weapons. site annotation for The Peace Doves

http://nobelprize.org/educational_games/peace/nuclear_weapons/game.html


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NOVA: Inside a Nuclear Control Room - "To prepare for the grave responsibility of operating a nuclear power plant, engineers at the Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station ..spend hundreds of hours each year training at a nearby simulator.""Explore a panoramic image of the control room at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station's training simulator.... site annotation for NOVA: Inside a Nuclear Control Room

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/nuclear-control-room.html


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SEEDS Energy Literacy Series: Nuclear Energy Interactive Module - This interactive module provides a virtual tour, as well as sections on production, equipment and issues and impacts. Each section is broken down into smaller sub-sections. site annotation for SEEDS Energy Literacy Series: Nuclear Energy Interactive Module

http://www.seedsfoundation.ca/els/Nuke/index_nav.html


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PBS: Tracking Nuclear Proliferation Timeline/Map - Load the map and then drag the tab on the timeline to see which countries acquired nuclear weapons and what the status of each country is. The timeline goes from 1945 - 2006. site annotation for PBS: Tracking Nuclear Proliferation Timeline/Map

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/indepth_coverage/military/proliferation/map_flash.html


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Nuclear Fusion - This brief video illustrates the process of fusion that takes place when an atom of Deuterium collides with an atom of Tritium resulting in the release of energy and the formation of a Helium atom. site annotation for Nuclear Fusion

http://www.cna.ca/curriculum/cna_atomic_theory/flash/fusion/Atomic_Theory_Fusion_eng.html


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Nuclear Fission - This short animation illustrates the process of nuclear fission that takes place when an atom of U235 is struck by a neutron with the right amount of energy. site annotation for Nuclear Fission

http://www.cna.ca/curriculum/cna_atomic_theory/flash/fission/Atomic_Theory_fission_eng.html


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Photoelectric Effect - "See how light knocks electrons off a metal target, and recreate the experiment that spawned the field of quantum mechanics." [site] site annotation for Photoelectric Effect

http://phet.colorado.edu/simulations/sims.php?sim=Photoelectric_Effect


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Alpha Decay - "Watch alpha particles escape from a Polonium nucleus, causing radioactive alpha decay. See how random decay times relate to the half life." [site] site annotation for Alpha Decay

http://phet.colorado.edu/simulations/sims.php?sim=Alpha_Decay


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Radioactive Dating Game - "Learn about different types of radiometric dating, such as carbon dating. Understand how decay and half life work to enable radiometric dating to work. Play a game that tests your ability to match the percentage of the dating element that remains to the age of the object." [site] site annotation for Radioactive Dating Game

http://phet.colorado.edu/simulations/sims.php?sim=Radioactive_Dating_Game


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Quantum Wave Interference - "When do photons, electrons, and atoms behave like particles and when do they behave like waves? Watch waves spread out and interfere as they pass through a double slit, then get detected on a screen as tiny dots. Use quantum detectors to explore how measurements change the waves and the patterns they... site annotation for Quantum Wave Interference

http://phet.colorado.edu/simulations/sims.php?sim=Quantum_Wave_Interference


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Nuclear Fission - "Start a chain reaction, or introduce non-radioactive isotopes to prevent one. Control energy production in a nuclear reactor!" site annotation for Nuclear Fission

http://phet.colorado.edu/simulations/sims.php?sim=Nuclear_Fission


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Models of the Hydrogen Atom - "How did scientists figure out the structure of atoms without looking at them? Try out different models by shooting photons and alpha particles at the atom. Check how the prediction of the model matches the experimental results." [site] site annotation for Models of the Hydrogen Atom

http://phet.colorado.edu/simulations/sims.php?sim=Models_of_the_Hydrogen_Atom


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Beta Decay - "Watch beta decay occur for a collection of nuclei or for an individual nucleus." [site] site annotation for Beta Decay

http://phet.colorado.edu/simulations/sims.php?sim=Beta_Decay


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Atomic Interactions - "Explore the interactions between various combinations of two atoms. Turn on the force arrows to see either the total force acting on the atoms or the individual attractive and repulsive forces. Try the "Adjustable Attraction" atom to see how changing the parameters affects the interaction." [site] site annotation for Atomic Interactions

http://phet.colorado.edu/simulations/sims.php?sim=Atomic_Interactions